2 thoughts on “Samsonite Xenon 2 Cellphone Workplace PFT Ebony

  1. Dan Koblosh
    63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Baggage Handling Fee Defeater, May 17, 2013
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    Dan Koblosh (Redondo Beach, CA USA) –

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    I booked a flight recently for $97, then discovered (at check-in) that the airline charged $50 to check a bag. At the gate, were your carry-on to exceed approved dimensions, the same airline charged $100 to put the bag in the hold.

    Bottom line: you have to have a bag that you can carry on and that will absolutely fit under the seat.

    This Samsonite Xenon is really a miniature piece of luggage. And though it has innards to hold 8-1/2×11 paper and folders, and a very secure pocket to protect an iPad or small laptop, it’s really difficult to get to those areas in a hurry or by partially unzipping the luggage.

    It has three compartments: the large lower compartment for clothing, the middle compartment for “the office” that holds the computer/iPad and papers and and outer compartment that holds things like keys, glasses, wallet and smaller stuff. This last compartment is really the only spot you can get to in a hurry. The two main compartments require you to lay the bag down and unzip all the way around until you can fold the compartment open. It’s caused by the amazing rigidity of the case’s walls. They really hold their shape. Durable as all get out. Like I said, it’s really a small piece of luggage.

    I’m using it as a briefcase, and honestly, I kind of miss being able to zip open the top of a more flexible bag and jam stuff in there.

    That said, it really performed admirably on my three-day trip. I was able to stuff enough essential clothing and toiletries into the lower “clothing” section and jam enough other stuff (chargers and adapters, and other misc stuff) into the middle section that the one bag was all I needed.

    I guffawed at the $50 bag fee at check-in, and strode triumphantly past the $100 bag fee at the gate.

    Then came the acid test: would it actually fit under the seat without a crowbar — which are frowned upon by the TSA? As you can see by the attached photo, it slid beautifully under the window seat in front of me like it was an official aircraft accessory.

    The bag rolls silently on excellent wheels and the handle extends and retracts smoothly. The handle is also long enough that the bag doesn’t clip my heels or flutter out of control when dragging it behind me.

    One negative: there’s no provision for a shoulder strap, should you want to carry it. To lift the bag, you use its comfortable padded handgrip.

    Overall, a very nice bag. Just don’t expect to crack it a bit and add or remove anything quickly.

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  2. Sandy Mesmer
    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just The Right Combo, January 23, 2013
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    Sandy Mesmer (Clearwater FL) –
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    I travel over 200 days a year so the right case is very important to me. I have been looking for something like this portable office for several years; most are too wide to fit under the seat on planes and none have both wheels and a strap that slides over my carry-on suitcase’s handles. It’s a bit smaller than my previous case but I’m sure I’ll get used to that. Samsonite — you got it right this time.

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